Spiders: How to get rid of spiders in your bathtub or sink

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Spiders.

There are many types and most are harmless. But there are a few who are quite dangerous...the well known black widow and the brown recluse.

Both of these spiders are so dangerous, we have a special page on each for you to learn about them.

Click on Black Widow or the Brown Recluse.

On with the rest of the spiders you have around the house and yard.

  • Garden Spiders or Orb Weavers
  • Grass Spiders or Funnel Weavers
  • Flower Spiders or Crab Spiders
  • Hunting Spiders or Sac Spiders
  • Dwarf Spiders
  • Wolf Spiders
  • Lynx Spiders
  • Jumping Spiders

What makes them so bad that they are called pests and require pest control?
Because they get in our way with their webs that feel yucky and...their look as they creep or crawl along...and even worse...crawl on us when we don't know it...especially in bed. These are behaviors that are harmless but we will not tolerate it from the spiders.

So how do you get rid of spiders?

Natural and organic pest control: The key is to deny them food inside so they have to go outside to get their meals of ants, flying insects, roaches, and so forth.

  • Use sticky traps to catch the spiders you already have.
  • Vacuum the spiders, eggs and webs regularly, including attics and cellars.
  • Use yellow lights and turn down the intensity of other lights outside to attract fewer flying insects for the spiders to eat.
  • Burn firewood you bring into the house right away because they are almost always hiding in the crevices of the wood.
  • Trim weeds, cut grass, remove trash, and bushes touching the house...a good yard maintainance routine is important.
  • Have tight fitting screens and door sweeps and inspect them frequently.
  • Good sanitation inside the house means no ants, roaches, insects...all of which are food that spiders need if they want to live inside. If the bugs are not there, the spiders move elsewhere.

Chemical pest control: Only use when necessary.

  • Spray or dust a pesticide around the perimeter of your house inside and outside, placing it in all the crevices, behind bookcases, in closets, and under things like sinks.
  • Call a pest control specialist. They will have stronger longer lasting pesticides and insecticides to use than you are able to purchase.


For the complete list of pests with pictures, and solutions, on this 500 page website, please click the A to Z link.

SandBox: Deadly Spiders and more Hide There

Is there a deadly spider in this sandbox? Look see.

 

Your innocent looking child's sandbox in the back yard can harbor some very bad events.
Each year children are surprised when they pick up a toy left in the sandbox, and they get bitten by a spider. And in some cases, it is a very serious bite.

Because the black widow spider loves to hide in a quiet dark place, and that is exactly what the sandbox presents...even with the cover on it because the covers never seal the sandbox, they just lay on top leaving many access holes around the edges.
It is accessible to the black widow spider because it is low to the ground and the kids toys are full of small crevices where the black widow and maybe even brown recluses can spin their web to catch their prey.

Covers on sandboxes help if you have one, but they must fit very tight and most do not...and many are never even placed over the sandbox.

So, you MUST inspect every toy that is in a sandbox before your child is allowed to play.
Why...this is why...you must inspect a sandbox.

  • CAT URINE and FECES: Your neighbors cat will use the sandbox as their personal toilet if you left the cover off the box. Get that stuff out of there before those brown jewels from the cat find their way into your children's mouth.
  • INSECTS: If you gave your child a snack to eat the last time they played in the sandbox, they undoubtedly dropped some crumbs into the sand. The crumbs are food for insects of all types like roaches who will find it and eat it. Ants will be everywhere and as soon as your child sits down to play, they will start to scream from the ants biting them. Get those ants out of there before they play.
  • BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS: As we reported above, the sandbox is one of the very small black widow spiders favorite places to build their webs. When your child picks up a toy with the black widow spider hidden on it, they brush against the black widow, and the black widow bites your child...and that is very very bad. You must inspect the sandbox and pick up and look at every single toy...for spiders, black widows, brown recluses, and all the other spiders who can be there...even though they are not as poisonous as the black widow....because they still bite.
  • SCORPIONS: These little nasty creatures can hide in the sandbox as well. Scorpions sting and if you don't want your kids to get stung...you better check that sandbox before they begin their play.
  • WASPS: Sandboxes left unused for a long period can be inviting to a wasp as a place to safely build their nest. If they do, the nest will be attached to a toy or the loose fitting cover and it will be very obvious to you that wasps are there, but not to a young child. So inspect that sandbox BEFORE your child gets to it...to prevent massive stings and the urgent trip for medical care.

 

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For the complete list of pests with pictures, and solutions, on this 500 page website, please click the A to Z link.